First on 12: Riverkeeper warning not to fish or eat fish from Savannah River

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Saturday, July 27, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Riverkeeper is warning people not fish or eat fish from the Betty's Branch area on the Savannah River.

Hundreds of dead fish were found Saturday due to lack of oxygen in water. Everything from bass to catfish were found dead.

The Riverkeeper says the lack of oxygen is most likely due to flooding and some kind of toxic chemical in the water that might have run into the river when the river flooded.

Right now, they have water samples, sediment samples and dead fish samples they will be sending off to lab for testing. Officials say this could be happening in other areas on the river.

If you find dead fish in the river, report it to the Riverkeeper.

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